Birthday Celebrations for Oak & Willow House


Two of Sussex Oakleaf’s short and medium-term residential services opened their doors for their 5th birthday celebrations on 6th September. Both Oak House and Willow House in Burgess Hill have been providing essential mental health care to clients in Mid Sussex since 2013.  

The sun was shining as guests enjoyed snacks and cakes made by residents of the services. Staff from across Sussex Oakleaf, along with current and previous residents and people from partner organisations and the local council, had a chance to mingle, meet new people and make friends while learning about the services aims and objectives and success stories. 

The Mayor of Burgess Hill, Chris Cherry, attended and highlighted in her speech the great work being done at Oak House and Willow House, supporting people to develop and maintain independent lives, along with the wider role that essential Sussex Oakleaf services play in tackling poor mental health both locally and across Sussex.  

Burgess Hill Mayor, Chris Cherry praised the work being done by Sussex Oakleaf, stating:

“One in four of us will experience a mental health problem every year. Every day worries over money, relationships, jobs, benefits and health seem to be growing along with the detrimental effects they have on people

In this environment, Sussex Oakleaf provides an oasis which allows people not only to recover but grow in the confidence they need to face life’s challenges”.

Philippa Thompson, Sussex Oakleaf Chief Executive said of the day and services:

“We are really proud of the work we do to empower people and promote independence by providing recovery focused community wellbeing services, residential care, peer mentoring, housing support and volunteering opportunities in Sussex. The success stories at Oak House and Willow House, where we have helped hundreds of people to overcome serious challenges and to live independently over the last 5 years, making the most of everything that life has to offer, are so inspiring. It was great to celebrate our achievements together this week”. 

Oak House is a recovery focussed service for adults with a mental health diagnosis needing to be housed following a period of inpatient or secure care. Flexible recovery focussed support is offered for a period of two to three years while clients work towards a more independent living arrangement.

Willow House provides short-term housing and support to adults to reduce and prevent homelessness.  

To learn more about Sussex Oakleaf's residential services and to find out if they can be of help to you, please contact our central office on 01444 459517